Rule 35. Pre-trial procedures.

(a) At the commencement of the initial pre-trial hearing, if the parent, guardian or custodian appears pro se, the court shall advise the parent, guardian or custodian of the right to the assistance of counsel at all stages of the proceeding including the right to apply to the court for the appointment of counsel if indigent. If appointment of counsel is requested, the court may proceed to examine the parent, guardian or custodian concerning eligibility for appointed counsel or the court may continue the pre-trial hearing and require the parent, guardian or custodian to file an affidavit or other evidence as deemed appropriate by the court for a determination as to eligibility for appointed counsel.

(b) If the parent, guardian or custodian waives the right to counsel and elects to proceed pro se, the court shall explain the nature of the action sought by the petitioner.

(c) Pursuant to Section 78A-6-902, the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to represent any child named in a petition alleging child abuse, child sexual abuse, neglect, or dependency which results in a judicial proceeding.

(d) The court in its discretion or upon motion of a party may schedule further pre-trial hearings or conferences as may be necessary to expedite adjudication or disposition, consider discovery issues, formulate or simplify trial issues or facilitate possible settlement negotiations.